Interracial marriage and physiology..this is for a paper - page 4

I have been looking all over the net for sources regarding interracial marriage and physiology. I'm supposed to create a paper on this and don't really know where to start because I can't find... Read More

  1. by   CrazierThanYou
    I'm white, my husband is black, my kids are biracial. That's all I can tell ya...

    I don't understand the question either...
  2. by   CrazierThanYou
    Quote from sharpeimom
    maybe you could work in somehow, what thoughtless, if well intentioned, remarks well-meaning people make sometimes.

    my parents had several miscarriages and stillbirths before they had me. my father had the typically very fair skin and the very very blue eyes and white blond hair that many people of swedish descent have, while my mom had
    dark eyes and olive skin and blue black hair. she was of western european background. i remember when i was little, complete strangers would comment, "how nice it was that you were fortunate enough
    to have been given a little blonde baby when you adopted her." huh?

    by that point, after losing so many babies, what i looked like, mattered not one tiny bit.

    i guess the point of my musings would be that i suspect that either your prof is interested in making you
    (as a class) broaden your minds, dig deeper into genetics, or s/he is just an old fart who remains mired in a decade/century gone by.

    this sounds more like a grad level course topic anyway.
    my children are biracial. i was in walmart with my daughter a while back and this lady walked up to me, got right in my face and exclaimed "oh, i just have to ask: is she yours?"
  3. by   RetRN77
    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    My children are biracial. I was in Walmart with my daughter a while back and this lady walked up to me, got right in my face and exclaimed "Oh, I just have to ask: IS SHE YOURS?"
    :spbox: What a nimrod.

    We have a natural child and an adopted one. Neither of us are blue-eyed blondes, but both our children were when young. I have olive skin and black hair (um, HAD, lol.) I always dreaded people would say things like that to me. Strangely enough, they would always tell me how much the kids looked like me, when my husband is the fairer one. One person could not believe it when I told her the second one was adopted. I wish if people HAD to comment on such things, everyone would get the sort of comments I received, and everyone else would just shut up.
  4. by   caliotter3
    I would start with the info presented in ceilingcat's post and expound on that. You should be able to get at least a page out of the definition of "race".
  5. by   canesdukegirl
    You dilemma in writing this paper makes me thankful that I am not in school anymore! Good luck to you!
  6. by   CrazierThanYou
    I had my first day of nursing school on Thursday. NO PAPERS FOR US!!!!
  7. by   caroladybelle
    A big issue to consider is how many people are "sure" that they are only of a certain race.

    At this point in history, it would be close to nearly impossible, in most places to find subjects for study that are "pure" bred in any sense of the word - I mean, how many generations do you want to certify to ascertain that one is of a certain race, before allowing an accurate study of physiologic differences.

    Beyond places with very segregated populations which physically limited interbreeding (I believe, Iceland or Northern Finland/Norway, or parts of the isolated S.America, S.Africa, or isolated Australia, Mountainous area of Central Asia), most of us can be pretty assured of having intermixing somewhere along the line. And those populations are hard to study, due to various limitations.
  8. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from crazierthanyou
    my children are biracial. i was in walmart with my daughter a while back and this lady walked up to me, got right in my face and exclaimed "oh, i just have to ask: is she yours?"
    good friends of ours have been fortunate enough to adopt five multi-racial kids of varying races and she is aa, while he is caucasian. they never fail to get remarks when they go out together as a family -- mostly positive. i can't top the name the six year old's friend gave the family. the united nations family. out of the mouths of babes...

    Quote from retrn77
    :spbox: what a nimrod.

    we have a natural child and an adopted one. neither of us are blue-eyed blondes, but both our children were when young. i have olive skin and black hair (um, had, lol.) i always dreaded people would say things like that to me. strangely enough, they would always tell me how much the kids looked like me, when my husband is the fairer one. one person could not believe it when i told her the second one was adopted. i wish if people had to comment on such things, everyone would get the sort of comments i received, and everyone else would just shut up.
    methinks the gene pool needs more bleach. my mom said once, she wished she had been able to carry a couple of muzzles in her pocket sometimes.

    maybe he wants the class to explore their own racial composition. my husband had a student several years ago who had to explore his background for another class and make a family tree from what he discovered. he dug and dug despite extraordinary resistance from his mom. when the facts just didn't add up, he asked each sibling and parent to have their blood typed along with him. he and hs dad got quite a shock!

    his mom had had a brief affair and this young man was the end result. john (not his real name!) dscovered he was half caucasian and one quarter aa and one quarter native american. quite a shock
    for a nineteen-year-old! he ended up taking a year off and getting to know his new family. it was quite a surprise for them too. his mother and dad ended up divorcing and he mantains his relationship with the man he thought was his father, but has broken contact with his mom.
    Last edit by sharpeimom on Aug 21, '10 : Reason: typo
  9. by   CrazierThanYou
    Quote from sharpeimom
    good friends of ours have been fortunate enough to adopt five multi-racial kids of varying races and she is aa, while he is caucasian. they never fail to get remarks when they go out together as a family -- mostly positive. i can't top the name the six year old's friend gave the family. the united nations family. out of the mouths of babes...


    that is g r e a t !!!!
  10. by   nvsmom
    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    That is G R E A T !!!!
    haha, I like that for some reason! That's a name I will call my family.

    Oh thank so much everyone for your advice, stories, experiences, and tips...I received an A!!!!!
  11. by   nursel56
    That's great nvsmom! To be honest I found the topic somewhat cringe-worthy at first due to it's possible reference to the garbage spewed my certain groups.

    I just can't wait for the day when mitochondrial DNA testing is more common and affordable. Now me, I'd be thrilled to find out if my "race" had some representation from all the little check-box categories under "ethnicity". Especially "other"
  12. by   BabyLady
    Quote from CeilingCat
    My gut reaction is that your professor doesn't understand what an outdated term "race" is, when it comes to medicine. Or perhaps he's still promoting racism is by teaching students to classify people into race pigeonholes? Debating with him probably won't help though. So if it were me, I'd just BS something about recessive genetic diseases. Good luck to you!
    I disagree.

    Race is still a major factor when it comes to determining not also risk factor (high or low) for certain diseases or conditions, but the two links that were posted by another member had an article on bone marrow transplants and how this was getting to be an almost impossible task for some mixed races because it was impossible to find a match.

    Race is not an outdated term. Race and ethnicity are not the same thing. Everyone has a race and everyone has an ethnicity.

    However, what determines race is up to the individual. If one of my parents was black and the other one was white and my skin was black then there would be nothing to stop me from checking "Caucasian" when someone asked me what my race was because the truth would be, it's 50/50, no matter how many strange looks I got.

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